December 2nd, 2016
Business Licence Regulation Amendment
Changes to the "Tourist Commercial" business licence class (short- term rental, bed & breakfast, guest house or temporary accommodation providers).
Who needs a District of Tofino Business Licence?
Any person planning to operate a business or any form of commercial activity, must possess a valid business licence to work within the District of Tofino.
Unsure of the licenses you require? Check out BizPal, a free online service that allows business clients to easily generate a customized list of the permits and licences they require.
New Business Licence Applications
The $50.00 application fee, Business Licence Application Form, and Business Licence Information Sheet are required for each new business licence application. These documents, accompanied by a copy of all necessary certificates from federal, provincial or municipal government authorities (or whenever the same documents are requested by the Bylaw Enforcement Officer), are the first steps in applying for a business licence within the District of Tofino.
Please ensure that the location of your intended business has the appropriate zoning. You can determine the property zoning by viewing the zoning map. When you have determined the zoning of your intended business, you may check the Zoning Bylaw to determine the uses permitted on the property. When you click on the above links, please allow a few seconds for the documents to load.
Business Licence Renewals
All business licences expiry on December 31st, and must be renewed annually. To renew your business licence, please submit your Business Licence Information Sheet for review, along with your annual payment as set forth in your previous year’s licence. Please ensure that every section on the Business Licence Information Sheet is complete, and that all information is accurate and up-to-date by making changes to the pre-printed information where necessary.
All businesses must ensure that they have applied for and received the proper sign permits for all business signage. Every business shall comply with all federal, provincial and municipal bylaws and regulations. Sign permit applications are available at the District office or online here.
Forms & References
- District of Tofino Business Licence Regulation Bylaw No.858, 2000 (Consolidated for Convenience Only)
- Business Licence Application Form
- Business Licence Information Sheet
- Charters Operators Form
- Civic map
- Zoning map
For assistance with the various new business regulatory requirements for all levels of government, visit our BizPaLwebpage.